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Kingston Cove Yacht Club
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 81
Kingston, WA 98346-0081
KCYC is a 501C7 - Social Organization
Club Address
25815 Washington Blvd NE
Kingston, WA 98346
HomeBosun's Pipe, May 2023
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May 2023


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Commodore Art Hammon 2022-23

Art Hammon

Commodore 2022-2023

Hello KCYC,

Before I get into May, I would like to say a special thank you to Gloria Young for Her presentation on the History of the luncheon GREAT JOB GLORIA THANK YOU! And thank you to my wife Cheryl for hosting this year’s lady’s luncheon in April.

The social and Cruise calendar have a generous selection of events and activities to choose from, it is like a charcuterie board of fun. Be sure to go to the club webpage and pick out your favorite selections.

Come Join the Fleet for Seattle Opening Day we will be on the Dock at Quean City Yacht Club May 5-7. Saturday, May 6 is the Flag ceremony followed by the crew races and boat parade at Seattle Yacht Club.

Kingston Opening Day Celebrations will be Saturday, May 13.

The May Board Meeting is Tuesday night, May 16, at 6:00.
Do not miss the General Meeting on Thursday, May 18, at 6:00. The food is always amazing.

Just when you thought the Fun was going to slow down, we have the Memorial Day cruse May 26-29 at Bell Harbor Marina in Seattle.

Just a reminder: the Clubhouse will be open from 6:00 to 10:00 on Friday nights to allow more time to enjoy the summer sun, starting Friday, May 12 (KCYC opening weekend) and running through Labor Day weekend.

Please sign up early. The Social and cruise schedule is filling up fast. What I have listed above is just the beginning of the fun at KCYC.

Cheryl and I look forward to seeing you around the club and on the dock. Please come and join the fun.

Art Hammon


March Fleet Report

Most Recent

Tacoma Marine Daffodil Festival - April 24-26

We had 6 boats and 1 RV attend this event at the Tacoma Yacht Club (TYC) located at Point Defiance in Tacoma. This was our first time in many years that we participated in this action packed, long-time event. Our boats were moored in or alongside boat houses.  25 yacht clubs, 140 boats and 12 RVs attended. Our club was well represented:

  • Our Commodore, Art Hammon,  participating in a formal flag ceremony,
  • Jeopardy Trivia team led by Karen Viereck on Saturday,
  • Entry in the Sunday decorated boat parade taking 1st place in the wooden boat category,
  • Several boats from our fleet attending, and
  • Several non-boat members riding on member boats or driving by car.


Next Up 

May 5-7 Seattle Opening Day

This is a Seattle tradition with a long history put on by the University of Washington and Seattle Yacht Club.  A lot of Seattle and surrounding area residents come out to the Montlake Cut to watch the morning Windermere Cup crew races followed by the afternoon parade of decorated boats. KCYC also has a long-standing history of participating every year.

We have 13 boats intending to participate this year. Thank you Nancy Langwith for volunteering as Cruise Captain. KCYC is most fortunate to continue having moorage hosted by the Queen City Yacht Club (QCYC) on Portage Bay adjacent to the Seattle Yacht Club. QCYC will be open throughout this extended weekend for meals and nightly entertainment with live music. 
Below are links to QCYC and SYC providing details on all the action for the weekend:

2023 Opening Day Visitors Info | Queen City Yacht Club

Opening Day - Seattle Yacht Club


May 13 Kingston Cove Opening Day

Our own Kingston Cove Opening Day will be on the Saturday after Seattle’s.  Events will include:

  • Past Commodores’ Breakfast
  • Dock Ceremony including:
    • Color Guard
    • National Anthem
    • Introduction of Club Officers & Trustees
    • Blessing of the Fleet
    • Vessel Christenings
  • Parade of Decorated Boats
  • Celebration of Past Commodore Tom Picken’s life
  • Fleet Steak & Shrimp Dinner

Come down to the Guest Dock at the Port of Kingston Marina and join in the festivities.  More details are on our website.


May 26-29 Bell Harbor Memorial Day Weekend
Join the fleet in Seattle in Elliot Bay! We have 18 slips reserved. The traditional ceremony honoring our veterans will be Monday morning in the Marina. 

The non-refundable reservation fee is $5.25 per boat.
Boats needs to call Bell Harbor directly at (206) 787-3952 to reserve a slip under the KCYC group reservation. Please email your assigned slip number to

Details on all upcoming cruises may be found on the KCYC website: Events and Cruises - Kingston Cove Yacht Club (

Fair winds and following seas!

Chuck Turner
Fleet Captain


Report from your Rear Commodore

Hello from your Rear Commodore –

Very happy to be back with our boating friends after a few months in Arizona.  Karen and I are testing out this “Snowbird” concept and discovered we like it.  Many volunteers stepped up to support the bar operations in my absence. Thanks to all.


We are going to try out some extended hours this summer. The bar will stay open until 10:00 on Friday nights between Kingston Opening Day on May 13 and Labor Day.


The Social Committee is keeping me and our bar volunteers busy supporting the large number of upcoming events.   See the club calendar for details.  We love summer!


We did a bit of needed maintenance for some of the bar equipment this month, mainly for the soda gun.  We bought some new syrup box’s and had the gun rebuilt by Swire Coke.  They have been great to work with.


I have been working with the Port of Kingston to learn which yacht clubs are coming to Kingston and reaching out to invite them to our clubhouse on Friday nights.  It’s been fun.  On Friday, April 21 there were more people from Milltown Sailing at the Club then KCYC members.  It is good for bar business, but it would be nice to have a few more folks come out for meet and greet.  Again, review the website calendar for details.


Thank you all for your continued support of the KCYC bar.





Walter Viereck

Rear Commodore

Clubhouse Clean Up Day 2019 9




May 2023 Meeting Schedule

The Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 16th at 6pm.

The General Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 18th at 6pm.

Kingston Opening Day 2022 4
Kingston Cove Opening Day Dinner

Join your club members at the Kingston Cove Opening Day Dinner on Saturday, May 13th.
Registration is required before Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 12:00AM.

This grilled steak & shrimp dinner is a fundraising event to support the fleet's 2023 cruising events.
Evening Schedule:
16:00 Club Doors Open
16:30-17:30 Tom Pickens Wine & Cheese Celebration of Life
17:30-22:00 Bar Open for Business
18:30-20:00 Fleet Steak & Shrimp Dinner

Register at:  
Kingston Cove Opening Day 

Stop by the Club on Friday evenings!

Our members are always welcome to just come in for a drink and to catch up with friends on Friday evenings.  It is not required to participate in the meal being served. 

We request 
reservations (depending on what is being served) so that our hosts can plan the correct amount of food and avoid food loss costs to the club.



Coming up in May

The Cruise Committee is hosting a Fundraiser dinner in conjunction with Kingston Opening Day.  They’ve got a great menu planned, don’t miss it!

The KCYC May calendar is full of cruises and visiting yacht clubs. Please keep an eye out on the calendar and your emails to see who will be in town and coming up to meet us for drinks and camaraderie.  See you at the Club on Friday nights!

Please go to the top of the Bosun's Pipe under "upcoming events" or  to the KCYC website to learn more.

Upcoming Social Events

Social / Clubhouse
Past Events

April 2023 was a great month at the Club!  

Sunday, April 2nd the Commodore’s spouse, Cheryl Hammon, hosted the annual traditional Ladies Luncheon.  The gentlemen of the club stepped up to prep, serve, and clean up.  The menu was amazing!  Perfectly cooked salmon and sides, and the bubbly did not stop flowing.  And we all enjoyed the tongue in cheek fashion show that was a great surprise to us all!

Friday, April 14th, we served Texas Chili dogs at the Club while we were supposed to “meet and mingle” with Mukilteo Yacht club in town for their cruise.  Sadly for them, they had to cancel their cruise at the last minute due to weather forecast, but we had a great time regardless! Thank you Julie Turner and Jan Erickson for taking this on

Simona Dedek

Social Director


Clubhouse (edited)
A New Inductee for May!

Introducing Bradley Eccles!!

Brad has lived in the area for over 40 years. He has been a ferry boat captain in Kingston for the past 5 years and enjoys crabbing and cooking. Brad is in the process of buying a 40’ Trawler.

He currently delivers meals through the “Meals on Wheels” program. Brad is interested in helping set up/clean up before and after meetings!

Jim DiIanni and Mike Brooks will be Brad’s sponsors.

Welcome Brad!!





Butch sandc

If you know of member who has amazing news to share, please let me know, so we can all celebrate.
If you know that a member is struggling with health issues or has recently lost a family member, please
send an email so we can send a card to them to help brighten their day.

Kim Francisco, Past Commodore, email:

Please Visit the KCYC Facebook Pages!

We all should know that KCYC has a public facebook page, Kingston Cove Yacht Club. Did you know that we also have a "members only" page? To use it, you must send us a request to join so we are certain that it remains a valuable resource for KCYC members.  Members can use the page to post topics and communicate with other members on whatever topics they choose.

To request to join the page, please click the link below.


Go to KCYC Members Facebook page